Glimpses at a Regenerative Flower Farm in Summertime
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by Jennie Love
2w ago
Despite the summer-long drought, our regenerative flower farm is abundant and boisterous with life and blooms.  While it has been a challenging season, our life-filled soil has been supporting our crops.  We’ve adopted a new method for irrigating called “pulse watering” that uses less water while providing the soil with more moisture.  A regenerative flower farm is as much a massive science experiment as it is a farm while we tweak and test systems and methods to improve our ecosystem.  I’ve begun re-reading Braiding Sweetgrass recently.  This beautiful book is a near ..read more
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Online Courses for Flower Farmers
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by Jennie Love
2M ago
Online Courses for Flower Farmers Winter is for learning!  While crop planning and seed ordering are always important for running a farm, flower farmers should not neglect to learn more about how to effectively run their business.  After all, you can plant as many seeds as you want, but if you can’t get them harvested and sold, what’s the point?  Join Jennie Love, of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, for a series of live virtual seminars and online courses that will help improve your business and enhance your sales. What is a “live virtual seminar”?  These are single-sessio ..read more
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Glimpses at a Regenerative Flower Farm in Summertime
Love 'n Fresh Flowers
by Jennie Love
5M ago
Despite the summer-long drought, our regenerative flower farm is abundant and boisterous with life and blooms.  While it has been a challenging season, our life-filled soil has been supporting our crops.  We’ve adopted a new method for irrigating called “pulse watering” that uses less water while providing the soil with more moisture.  A regenerative flower farm is as much a massive science experiment as it is a farm while we tweak and test systems and methods to improve our ecosystem.  I’ve begun re-reading Braiding Sweetgrass recently.  This beautiful book is a near ..read more
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Preview of Autumn Floral Workshops
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by Jennie Love
6M ago
As we enter August and start to sense the close of summer, we’re thinking about back to school!  Here’s a preview of our autumn floral design workshop series. There’s a dozen and more to be added too!  Try your hand at a number of fun floral projects at our beautiful flower farm located right in the heart of Philadelphia.  Registration for each workshop opens up 30 days before the class date.  Will we see you there? DIY WEDDING BOOT CAMP Date: Saturday, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022 Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers Farm | Philadelphia PA Are you getting marr ..read more
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Ode to the Bridal Bouquet
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by Jennie Love
1y ago
The rollercoaster ride of pandemic-era weddings continued in 2021.  We worked with our couples to navigate the ups and downs with grace, adjusting course whenever needed.  Guest counts reduced at first and then exploded in the summer as everyone itched to let loose and party!  One silver lining to pandemic wedding planning is that no one takes it lightly and every decision is made with intention and one careful underlying thought:  is this really important to us? As many elements of weddings shifted, one piece remained important to the ritual of vowing to love another th ..read more
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15 Tried-and-True Native Plants for North American Flower Farmers
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by Jennie Love
1y ago
15 Tried-and-True Native Plants for North American Flower Farmers I have had this long-standing dream for my farm that has finally come to fruition this season: an all-native bouquet, including fillers, foliages and focal flowers. It took several seasons of curating a diverse collection of perennials and shrubs – culling some and adding others – to be able to make bouquets of only-native ingredients that are beautiful and long-lasting for our customers. And while it’s not really feasible to have a flower farm of only native plants, it is incredibly valuable for every farm to add as many nati ..read more
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Cover Crops for Flower Farming
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by Jennie Love
2y ago
Cover Crops for Flower Farming Rule #1: Keep the Soil Covered at ALL Times Rarely in the diverse world of agriculture is there one golden rule and one silver bullet for every single farm.  But when it comes to soil health and long-term farm sustainability, there is: never leave the ground bare and exposed.  Without something covering it, soil is at risk of erosion and the vast cosmos of life that inhabit the soil experience high mortality from exposure and lack of food.   Fertility takes a huge hit when ground is left bare, particularly with continuous mechanical tillage ..read more
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No-Till Flower Bed Preparation Using Cardboard and Mulch
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by Jennie Love
2y ago
I’ve been getting a lot of messages about no-till flower farming bed preparation.  For ease of quick reference, I’m outlining below the cardboard/compost mulch system for no-till flower farming bed preparation that I used in the 2020 growing season.   I will continue to tweak the no-till flower farming bed preparation and other systems at my farm this season, but this will give you a good start. Generally I love this cardboard/mulch system and it’s been great for most crops.  However, there have been some hard lessons learned along the way.  I have a very detailed bl ..read more
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Easy Homemade Regenerative Inputs for Your Farm: Weed Juice or JLF
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by Jennie Love
2y ago
  This is the third in a short series of blog posts on easy homemade regenerative inputs for your farm and garden.  If you missed the previous two posts, be sure to check out how to make Leaf Mold Tea and Eggshell Extract.   Once you’ve caught up with those, it’s time to talk about my favorite of all homemade regenerative inputs: Weed Juice.  Why is it my favorite?  Because it gives me a whole new appreciation for weeds, so much so that I’ve even gone begging my neighbors for some of theirs!   While I call this concoction “Weed Juice” because I use plant ma ..read more
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Easy Homemade Regenerative Inputs for Your Farm: Eggshell Extract or WCA
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by Jennie Love
2y ago
Eggshell Extract or WCA Last week I started a little blog series on easy homemade regenerative inputs for your farm by explaining what leaf mold tea – or “JMS” a la JADAM – is as well as how to make and use it.  Leaf mold tea is great for boosting the amount of biological life (bacteria, protozoa, fungus, etc) in your soil and ultimately helping loosen it up if it has been compacted from tillage or has poor drainage.  That’s what we refer to as a “biostimulant”.  But leaf mold tea does not add any nutrition to your soil (i.e., minerals/fertilizer). Today I want to introduce yo ..read more
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